Sunday, January 29, 2017

8 Symptoms of False Doctrine

Many things combine to make the present inroad of false doctrine peculiarly dangerous.
1. There is an undeniable zeal in some of the teachers of error: their “earnestness” makes many think they must be right.
2. There is a great appearance of learning and theological knowledge: many fancy that such clever and intellectual men must surely be safe guides.
3. There is a general tendency to free thought and free inquiry in these latter days: many like to prove their independence of judgment, by believing novelties.
4. There is a wide-spread desire to appear charitable and liberal-minded: many seem half ashamed of saying that anybody can be in the wrong.
5. There is a quantity of half-truth taught by the modern false teachers: they are incessantly using Scriptural terms and phrases in an unscriptural sense.
6. There is a morbid craving in the public mind for a more sensuous, ceremonial, sensational, showy worship: men are impatient of inward, invisible heart-work.
7. There is a silly readiness in every direction to believe everybody who talks cleverly, lovingly and earnestly, and a determination to forget that Satan often masquerades himself “as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).
8. There is a wide-spread “gullibility” among professing Christians: every heretic who tells his story plausibly is sure to be believed, and everybody who doubts him is called a persecutor and a narrow-minded man.
All these things are peculiar symptoms of our times. I defy any observing person to deny them. They tend to make the assaults of false doctrine in our day peculiarly dangerous. They make it more than ever needful to cry aloud, “Do not be carried away!”
~ J.C. Ryle
Warnings to the Churches, “Divers and Strange Doctrines”, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1967], 76, 77.


  1. Wow! This list is great! I shallwrite them down and tape the paper on my wall/door. Fantastic insights, written over a hundred years ago, but still fresh from the oven.

  2. There is a lack of mention of the almighty dollar in the list above. Bethel Church in Redding CA has done that in great heaps.

  3. I believe one must become completely join with the bible and God. We must know His words from scripture and know these words; the truth shall set you free. What this means is that people who are counterfeit, their light will shine through. As a believer of Jesus Christ and one who has the Holy Spirit inside of us, can not be fooled if we allow the spirit to guide us. You just know when someone is telling you the truth or not. There is no reason to argue with anyone, but you must always recite God's word. So that true is released into the world. That is what Jesus did, and it really ticked people off, enough to want to kill Him.... So we can say things in love not hate, and get the same result... God bless and have a wonderful day.... But remember do not argue, just state the truth, let God's word do all of the work. If you want to know how read Hebrews chapter 4:12-13


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